Representatives of Secop, a German manufacturer of hermetic compressor technologies and other commercial refrigeration systems, outlined a two-step approach to transitioning to high-efficiency propane (R290)-based self-contained commercial refrigeration.
The approach was described by Sam Huffman, General Manager of the Americas at Secop, during his presentation with colleague Thies Möller, Product Owner at Secop, in a refrigeration case studies sessionat the ATMOsphere (ATMO) America Summit 2022 on natural refrigerants. The conference, which took place June 7–8 in Alexandria, Virginia, was organized by ATMOsphere, publisher of Hydrocarbons21.com.
In their presentation, they sought to dispel any perceived challenges of using hydrocarbons in light commercial refrigeration applications.
Secop believes that hydrocarbons, particularly propane (R290), are “the best green refrigerant” for hermetic compressors, despite any concerns around charge limit, the size of applications and the number of design cycles typically required before implementing new solutions.